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Guest post by J. M. Hawkins

Dear Soul,

I’m still not sure I have a plan for my life. I think I’m just going with the flow.

Dear Life,

Only dead fish go downstream. Wake up and hear the waterfall! You’re going with the wrong flow. There is the flow out of the great mind of the universe. But you are circling in the eddy of lesser minds on your way down the drain. You’re caught in the undertow of the underflow.

The flow you need to get to know is the overflow—the great exuberance of a life that never asks “Is it half-empty or half-full?” because it overflows with generosity and, of course, jest. The overflow is the flow to go with.

So here’s what I hope to be able to say about you: that you didn’t hesitate, that you didn’t wait, that you went ahead and really lived even though you didn’t have a plan, until one day—in a quiet, intense moment—you realized that this is the plan: to live!

Today, I’ll plunge into life—and realize its abundance. And I’ll find a way to share it. I’ll go with the overflow.

*The Dear Soul/Dear Life dialogs by J.M. Hawkins are adapted and used by permission. They are excerpted from his collection, Word From Soul City and were used in discussion groups that met in cities across America in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to the Life That Loves to Happen seminars with Landon Saunders.